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Thursday Overnights: Modest Finale for ‘Scandal’ on ABC

CBS Remains the Network to Beat

Thursday 4/19/18

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, ABC: 4.5/ 8, NBC: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening
CW: +100, CBS: +64, ABC: +50, Fox: – 5, NBC: -21

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as usual, topped the Thursday overnights and will lead in total viewers and all the key demographics thanks to the one-two punch of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the evening: 8.4 rating/15 share) and prequel “Young Sheldon” (#1: 7.5/13) from 8-9 p.m. With stronger lead-in support, “Mom” (#1: 5.8/10 at 9 p.m.) is enjoying a particularly strong season, while lead-out “Life in Pieces” topped its 9:30 p.m. time period with a 4.1/ 7 in the overnights.

In series-finale news was ABC’s “Scandal,” which topped the 10 p.m. ET hour with an unexceptional 4.4/ 7 in the household overnights. Comparably, that bested competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#2: 3.6/ 6) and “S.W.A.T.” on CBS (3.4/ 6) by 22 percent and 29 percent, respectively. And it was a slight improvement from lead-in “Station 19” (#2: 3.9/ 6 at 9 p.m.).

NBC, meanwhile, has sprung two considerable leaks on Thursday care of recent sitcom entries “A.P. Bio” (#4: 1.4/ 2 at 8:30 p.m.) and “Champions” (#4: 1.2/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.). Both are waiting for their pink slips to arrive.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Superstore” at a typically modest 2.1/ 4 (#3) in the 8 p.m. half-hour, while an encore telecast of “Will & Grace” scored a 1.3/ 2 (#4) in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Did anyone notice how “Will & Grace” deteriorated as the season progressed.

Elsewhere, Fox featured the low-rated pairing of “Gotham” (#3: 1.7/ 3), which just has not performed on Thursday this season, and “Showtime at the Apollo” (#3: 1.9/ 4). And The CW featured “Supernatural” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which are both confirmed to return next season.

What follows are the household overnights by half-hour for Thursday, April 19:

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8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.4/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.4/15 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.5/13 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 3.8/ 6 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.1/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Champions”: 1.2/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (series finale): 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (series finale): 4.4/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.3/ 6 (#3)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.7/ 7 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. W&G did deteriorate throughout the season. It was surrounded by complete losers. NBC thought it would be strong enough to build around it but it obviously wasn’t…whether that is because people lost interest or because of the weakness around it, I am not sure.